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How can I work with an Excel spreadsheet using Macro or VLookup?

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I would like to work with an Excel spreadsheet using either VLookup or a Macro to accomplish the following:

Column A contains item codes
Column B contains the item code description.
Column C contains the Item the Category.  (some of these will contain a number from 1 to 100, but many are blank, no data.

I would like to sort this data by Category, so that it lists in order, all lines it finds from 1 onward.  Grouping all 1s, 2s, 3s, and so forth, and leaving the blanks at the end after it does not find any more numbers.
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by:Phillip Burton
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Why not do a sort and then subtotal?

You could always record a macro to copy the sheet, sort then subtotal, and then play it back whenever you want.
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by:Glenn Ray
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You could sort and summarize this data using a PivotTable.

The Category would be the primary Row value, followed by the Item Code.

-Glenn
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by:100questions
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Thanks.  Exactly I am looking for a sample Macro or an example of a Pivot Table for this purpose.
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Here's an example workbook with data and a PivotTable summary of the items by Category.  

I changed the PivotTable display settings to use the Classic layout so that the Item numbers and descriptions would appear in columns to the side, rather and subcategories below.  (PivotTable Options, Display tab, "Classic PivotTable layout...").  I also turned off subtotalling and hid the columns reserved for the Values (D:I).

Note that any blank categories appear on the bottom of the PivotTable.

Regards,
-Glenn
EE-Q28583684.xlsx
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by:100questions
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Thanks Glenn Ray.  How did you get it to have a Classic layout?  I want to try it with my data.
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by:100questions
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Glenn Ray.  This seems to work, however it is not recognizing that 100 is not before 11, 12, 13 etc.. and that the number 2 is not after 19, etc..   I imagine that since the 1 or 2 is not entered as 01, or 02, then likely that's why it's not sorting well.
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by:100questions
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Thanks.  Works, however it is limited based on the numbering in my data 1 instead of 01, therefore it does not list the numbers from 1 to 100 in the correct order.
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by:Glenn Ray
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1) Classic Layout:  Right-click anywhere on the PivotTable.  Select "PivotTable Options..."  Click the "Display" tab.  Turn on the check box for "Classic PivotTable layout (enables dragging of fields in the grid)"

2) Your Category values are probably formatted as Text, rather than General/Numbers.  You'll have to change that in the source data in order for the PivotTable to sort them numerically.

-Glenn
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